A researcher associated with a for-profit organization, or anyone conducting research with the intent to create a product or tool to be sold

The Innovator program provides access to RIF data through the CMS Virtual Data Research Center (VRDC).

The program applies to:

  • Organizations wishing to use RIF data to create a tool or product that will be sold
  • Organizations wishing to use RIF data to conduct analyses to support their business needs
  • For-profit organizations using RIF data for research
  • Organizations with a for-profit collaborator

Unique features of Innovator research:

  • Required to use the VRDC and access only data available in the VRDC
  • Can sell output or reports
  • Request packet requires additional CMS review


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